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LWC Men's Golf is runner-up at MSC Tournament

Rasmus Broholt Lind and Federico Navarro named to First Team All-MSC, while Alex Durham earned a spot on the Second Team.

By Charlie Balcom

Bowling Green, KY - The 54-hole tournament came down to a single stroke as the Lindsey Wilson men's golf team finished as the runner-up on Wednesday at the Mid-South Conference Championship Tournament held at Bowling Green Country Club.

The team title was decided on the 54th and final hole by two of the final golfers in action, Lindsey Wilson's Rasmus Broholt Lind and Cumberland's (Tenn.) Garrett Daniel.

Both Lindsey Wilson and Cumberland were level in team scores as the final pairing headed into the18th. Daniel had just bogeyed 17 and Lind recorded a par to bring things level. Lind was on the edge of the green of the par-5, 537-yard 18th in two shots, while Daniel chipped his ball to within 10 feet of the cup on his third stroke. Lind putted from the fringe, but left it five feet short of the hole. Daniel sunk his 10-foot birdie putt to put Cumberland up one, and Lind was unable to match his birdie effort as he slid his five footer just wide left as the Phoenix captured the team victory by a single stroke.

While Cumberland captured the team championship, the medalist honor at the tournament was still up for grabs as both Lind and Cumberlands' (Ky.) Ben Kendrick finished the 54 holes with identical 210s over the three-day event. Kendrick went birdie-birdie to end his round at 5-under and force the sudden-death playoff.

The duo both went par-par on the first two playoff holes, each missing a potential-winning birdie putt in the process. It came down to the par-3, 176-yard third hole.

Lind hit his tee shot 40 feet right of the pin, just past pin high. Kendrick was just through the green on the fringe, 50 feet from the cup. Kendrick chipped to within two feet of the cup on his next shot, while Lind missed his long putt attempt, leaving a four foot putt. Lind then lipped out his next putt, allowing Kendrick to tap in for par and the individual medalist honor.

Immediately following the conclusion of the final round, the all-conference teams were announced. The all-conference teams were decided based on the three conference tournaments, the Fall, Spring, and MSC Championship Tournaments. The lowest five rounds of the seven were used to determine the teams.

Lind and Federico Navarro made the First Team All-MSC, while Alex Durham earned a spot on the Second Team. Lind was also named the MSC Freshman of the Year.

As a team, Lindsey Wilson shot their worst round on Wednesday, bringing their tournament total to 890 (296-283-311). All five LWC golfers that counted towards the team total suffered their worst rounds of the tournament. The Blue Raiders had led by nine strokes entering the day, but were unable to hold off a surging Cumberland team that climbed up the leaderboard each day of the tournament.

Lind shot a three-day total 210 (70-67-73) to finish in second place. He finished 6-under par for the tournament and led the field in par-3 and par-5 scoring over the three days, finishing at 11-under on those holes. He also tied Kendrick for the most birdies in the tournament with 14.

Lind was 1-over through his first six holes and then rolled off seven-straight pars before a birdie on 14 brought him even. He bogeyed 15 and recorded three pars to end his round.

Navarro finished in ninth place after his three-day total 225 (76-71-78). He found just one birdie in his final round, it coming on the par-5 second. He played the front to 4-over and the back to 2-over, finishing with 11 pars on the day, seven on the back. Navarro racked up 33 pars over the 54 holes, the most of any Blue Raider.

Clayton Bradshaw finished one stroke behind Navarro with a 226 (78-69-79) in a tie for 10th place. He recorded two birdies in his round, one on the second and one on the 12th, but he also ran into bogey trouble, finishing with nine. He shot 3-over on the front and 4-over on the back to account for his 7-over 79 on the final day.

Frederik Willer tied for 19th place in the individual standings with a three-day 231 (73-76-82). He had bogey trouble all day as he recorded six on the front and four on the back, but he finished his day strong with three-straight pars.

Durham completed the five-man team with a 238 (77-80-81) in a tie for 27th place. He started out his day strong with five-consecutive pars and a birdie on the par-4 sixth to move to 1-under. But from there he struggled as he went bogey-bogey-double to complete his first nine. Durham dropped five more strokes on the next six holes after five bogeys, but he came back with a birdie on 16. That effort was eventually wiped out after a double bogey on 18 to finish his day.

Cody Mingus, who competed as an individual at the championships, turned in the best Blue Raider round of the day with an even-par 72, bringing his three-day total to 229 (79-78-72) in a tie for 16th place. He played 1-under on the front and 1-over on the back with three birdies for his 72. Mingus also recorded 12 pars on the day, moving up nine spots in the final standings.

The victory gives Cumberland the conference's automatic bid into the NAIA National Tournament next month at TPC Deere Run. Lindsey Wilson must wait to see if they receive an at-large bid into the tournament field.

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